Dogwoof announces the international rights deal for Michael Ware and Bill Guttentag’s remarkable documentary feature ONLY THE DEAD. A Penance Films and Wolfhound Pictures Production, funded by Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland and Foxtel, ONLY THE DEAD made its international debut at the Telluride Film Festival this week. Dogwoof will handle international sales excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand and present the film to buyers at TIFF and AFM. Transmission Films in Australia will release the film at the end of 2015.
"This is the most terrifying, first-hand account of the early foundations of Islamic State. We are proud to be representing this unflinching and timely film.” Vesna Cudic, Dogwoof Head of TV Sales and Acquisitions.
"We are thrilled to have Dogwoof representing Only the Dead internationally. It's an exciting partnership for us as filmmakers. We can think of no-one better to help us carry this story to the world." Michael Ware, Director.
Photojournalist Michael Ware was covering the Iraq War for Time Magazine, what began as a three-week assignment in Baghdad to cover the invasion of Iraq became 8 years of Ware’s life. Throughout this time he recorded he experiences to serve as his personal visual notebook. When he returned home he re-discovered hundreds of hours of this extraordinary footage from the Iraq War on tape. The idea for turning this incredible video archive into a film would not occur to Ware until 10 years later in his homeland of Australia where he would recruit producer Patrick McDonald and collaborate with co-director, two-time Oscar® winner Bill Guttentag. The resulting film is the heart-stopping, raw, unflinching ONLY THE DEAD.
Only the Dead is the story of what happens when one ordinary man, an Australian journalist transplanted into the Middle East by the reverberations of 9/11, butts into history. It is a journey that courses through the deepest recesses of the Iraq war, revealing a darkness lurking in his own heart. A darkness that he never knew was there.